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Gene Simmons: Why I Stopped Eddie Van Halen Joining Kiss

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Richland123, Mar 15, 2014.

  1. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
  2. OldDirtyBassist


    Mar 13, 2014
    I love KISS, but that would've severely altered a huge part of the 80's.
  3. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    Interesting. I never knew that. I Love VH's first four albums up until that point, and it wasn't long after that that KISS became a caricature of themselves. would love to hear those 3 recordings.
  4. I would like to hear the story from a point of view that was not Gene Simmons.
  5. Jly56


    Feb 11, 2014
    Rocky Mountains
    according to Gene, there isn't any other point of view besides his!:rollno:
  6. OldDirtyBassist


    Mar 13, 2014
    A sober Eddie Van Halen stated that he didn't remember anything of the sort, in 1995.
  7. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    This is the truth. Why in the heck would Ed quit his own multi platnium selling namesake band to join KISS?? No disrespect to KISS, but at the time, VH was huge while KISS was kinda washed up.
  8. That's how I remembered the early '80s. At the time KISS was done, happy fun memories of junior high, but mostly just thought of as a silly stage act from the '70s. I can see Ed persuing other singers or other projects, maybe disbanding and starting new, but not joining KISS. Not in '82.
  9. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    Yeah but was he when that thing allegedly happened? It could be that Simmon remembers it but he doesnt.

    If that happened, at least Simmons did say it's cause he would be too big for kiss and cast a shadow on everyone else. Clashing egos is the only reason why you wouldnt let that happen (and then EVH would have been back to square one, instead of clashing with Roth it would have been simmons).

    I still think Simmons has less reasons to lie about this than EVH has. It could make him look bad to the VH guys. Like really? you were gonna drop us?
  10. cronker


    Feb 13, 2007
    Yes, but would KISS have been forced into taking on Alex as well? That would have meant sacking Eric Carr, a very solid drummer.
  11. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    In a recent Guitar World interview, Stanley says he never heard that.
  12. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

    May 10, 2006
    Saw Gene last night on CSI Las Vegas. He acted as himself. Pretty cool. Although his hair looked like straw.
  13. joebar


    Jan 10, 2010
    compared to al? really?
  14. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    Gene and Paul with Eddie and Alex in 1982? I'd buy that record.
  15. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    I saw this article a while ago. Eddie has a different version of the conversation, basically saying that he was asked to join KISS. Personally, I'm at the point where I don't believe a word that Gene or Eddie say about any topic.
  16. Good point. Neither are particularly credible witnesses.
  17. I would love to see a fictionalized dramatization of the Van Halen Bros. joining KISS. Recording, touring, arguing with Gene. Gene convincing Eddie and Alex to give him ownership of their "stage characters". Imagine what kind of KISS Karacters Eddie and Alex would have dressed as. Perhaps an animated short would work best. Gene pretty much is a cartoon.

    Or instead of a cartoon, an episode a la Funny Or Die/Comedy Central's Drunk History with actors portraying the parties involved with Gene telling his version of the story.
  18. Ronbassman


    Jun 1, 2011
    I wonder how would EVH look with KISS make-up on?
  19. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
  20. Rich McCoy

    Rich McCoy

    Apr 8, 2013
    If that picture above is real then EVH don't need no makeup.